Loyalty, Perseverance and Penguins?

We have become such an instant gratification society that we sometimes forget that things  take time.  How many of us have gotten upset because the internet was slow downloading something or we had to wait in line to long for our morning coffee and we just gave up on waiting?

Our children pick up on our impatience and how easily we give up because something didn’t happen right away for us.  It’s a daily situation that they face from most adults they know.  So, they in turn learn to give up to quickly and we allow it because we don’t want to see them struggle or unhappy.  Unfortunately, they have to struggle to learn sometimes.

So, you’re wondering what all that has to do with loyalty, perseverance and penguins right?  Well, how would you feel if your child wanted to do something and didn’t give up on it when it got difficult?  Or better yet how do you think they would feel?  Accomplished?  Proud?  Empowered?   Now for how penguins fit into all of this.

About 6 years ago, a small penguin was found covered in oil and injured on a beach by a local fisherman in Rio de Janeiro.  The fisherman took […]

Karate Kids: The Benefits of Martial Arts

With a bloodcurdling cry, your 6-year-old leaps into the air in a karate kick, raising your hair and blood pressure simultaneously. Before you panic and pad the walls, try channeling this urge into a martial arts class.

Activities like tae kwon do, kung fu and aikido are a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may think they also promote violence, but that’s a myth, according to experts. The martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. In fact, many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.

A typical hour-long class begins and ends with a bow to the teacher, or master. After a warm-up, students practice the art’s particular skills, which may include kicks, punches and blocks. Each requires concentration and strict attention.

Progress is often marked by the belt system, which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety of colors until black. Testing for each new level, generally every three months, is a good exercise in setting and achieving goals.

But, say experts, it’s the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or […]